Daytona amazing, FL Michael Shank Racing pulled off a Riley during the final stint.
Allmendinger shared driving duties with Grand Am Rolex sports car Series regulars Ozz Negri and John Pew, As well as IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson in the 50th anniversary of the 24hour endurance race at Daytona world Speedway. The 30yearold Allmendinger crossed the finish line 5.2 seconds to increase Starworks Motorsports’ No.8 FordRiley, Which was driven by Ryan Dalziel during the last hours of the event.
With a little more than one hour to go, Allmendinger put the No.60 car in charge for good. but unfortunately, Allmendinger had to swerve wide in turn one to avoid hitting a GT car through the closing laps. He went at least 20 feet off surface onto places skid pad.
“I’m so exhausted, Allmendinger said in Daytona’s victory lane. “We planned to win this for Shank. The motor was so fast. I am so exhausted.
“I knew those last three hours I was going to need to go flat out. this is fun. I pushed really hard to set a gap and take those last 10 laps to manage that gap,
It’s the first time in nine attempts that team owner Michael Shank has claimed the victory within the world’s most prestigious sports car races. the no.60 team completed 761 laps from the 3.560mile Daytona road course for a total of 2,709 kilometres. It was one lap shy of tying the event’s in history record, emerge 1962.
“I think that we deserved [a win], in all honesty, for the fact we’ve worked hard, And I don’t make any excuses with the, And we’ve paid our dues assuredly, Shank stated. “I hope usually it takes us to new, Cool places in Daytona Prototype in the coming years,
final month, Allmendinger signed with Penske Racing to operate a vehicle the No.22 car in NASCAR’s leading series this season. He drove for Richard Petty’s team the past many years. Allmendinger has yet to win a race in any one of NASCAR’s three country wide touring series (short Cup, nationalized and Camping World Truck).
“I look at this year as being my best chance win a Cup race, But that’s easier said than done, he was quoted saying. “as we speak, I’m just going to take this for what it’s worth and not think about anything for a couple of days and enjoy it. today, It’s the most important win I’ve ever had, Because we’ve worked for seven years to get so far with Mike Shank, And we’ve been so close so often,
Wilson competed at last since last August when he suffered a back injury during a practice crash at MidOhio Sports Car Course, Which curtailed his 2011 IndyCar season.
“We all managed to comprise enough to get by between all four of us in being comfortable and being able to push the limit every single lap, because was a tough race, Wilson says.
Dalziel partnered with Allan McNish, Alex Popow, Enzo Potolicchio and Lucas Luhr in the no.8 automobile.
b razil Felipe Nasr finished third in a second Shank car, the absolutely no.6 toyota Riley.
NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya ready fourth overall one lap down in the No.02 Chip Ganassi motorbike racing BMWRiley. It’s the newbie since 2005 that a Ganassi car was not on the podium for the 24hour Daytona race. Montoya teamed up with fellow Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray and IndyCar champions Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.
“It was a great race an epic 50th Rolex 24, Ganassi reported. “My good luck to Mike Shank and Ford for a fantastic race, But i don’t want them to get too comfortable in victory circle,
safeguarding race and Grand Am champion Scott Pruett finished sixth in Ganassi’s No.01 BMWRiley. A tranny problem that occurred late in the race put Pruett four laps behind.
The GT class victory along to Andy Lally, John knitter, richard Lietz and Rene Rast in the No.44 Magnus Racing audi. the team finished 11th overall in the race.